Jakeelie Hook joined “Little As” at Eschol Park in 2012 to find mateship and fun, but she also discovered a talent for running.
The 11-year-old has gone on to participate at State level for Cross Country for three years in a row and has set a new 800m record at Eschol Park Public School.
She also loves her soccer and is a skilled young defender playing for the Macarthur Rams.
In her latest award, Jakeelie is the latest winner of Campbelltown Catholic Club’s monthly Sports Hotshot award. That comes with $500 to help with her family’s sporting expenses.
“Thank you so much for supporting me,” the youngster said.
Proud mum, Leesa, adores her daughter’s determination and spirit.
“Jakeelie has always been such a humble little girl who has strived to do her best in everything she does,” she said.
“She received the NSW Premiers Sporting Challenge Medal for her overall success in sport, with local MP Greg Warren presenting Jakeelie with an award at her school assembly.
“Jakeelie is now running at Raby Parkrun to train and plays soccer for the Rams, she also represented her school at Zone and for soccer and she has just recently been selected for rep Futsal with the Campbelltown Quake Futsal Club.
“Jakeelie has been noticed while playing soccer by one of the coaches from Westfields High School and has been asked to trial for a place. But I just love how my daughters encourages other children and is very supportive of her competitors and team mates in all her events.”
Jakeelie’s dream is to play soccer for Matildas and to keep running long distance and see how far she can go.
We all wish her well.
The Club’s Sports Hot Shot award encourages young sportspeople to share their story online for the chance to win cash every month. It’s simple for any talented young local sportspeople to enter. Simply click here and share your sporting story in 250 words (or less) about your junior ‘Sports Hot Shot’. Every month the Club will Award $500 for the best entry. Stories don’t just have to be around sporting achievement. It could be about participation, overcoming personal adversity or you may have had your own ‘Steven Bradbury’ moment where you had an unexpected win against all the odds.
Entrants must live in Macarthur and the nominating parent must be a member of Campbelltown Catholic Club. Sports Hot Shot must be 21 years of age or younger. Management’s decision shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into. If you’re not already a member and want to take part in this program, you can join Campbelltown Catholic Club membership for as little as $8 per year.
Article and Photography by Jeff McGill